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Books on offbeat places in L.A.

October 24, 2009
  • The original 1997 edition of "L.A. Bizarro."
The original 1997 edition of "L.A. Bizarro." (St. Martin's Griffin )

Beyond 'Bizarro'

Four more offbeat guidebooks to the City of Angels

"Resident Tourist: Los Angeles" by Kelly Mayfield, Chuck Mindenhall and Aaron M. Fontana Tailored for Angelenos who think they know it all, this book veers off the beaten Walk-of-Fame path and into the more obscure worlds of the adult film industry, Buddhist temples and horseback tours, among other under-the-radar destinations.

"Walking L.A." by Erin Mahoney Harris Get out of your car and hit the pavement with this book, which offers 38 walking tours that will take you up and down hidden stairways, past gorgeous buildings and through neighborhoods you've only glanced at through your windshield. Weird, huh?

" Hollywood Haunted: A Ghostly Tour of Filmland" by Laurie Jacobson and Marc Wanamaker This shivery ode to the city's spooky side treats readers to supernatural stories surrounding some of Hollywood's most famous people and places, including the Pantages Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

"The Underground Guide to Los Angeles" edited by Pleasant Gehman If you want to learn about the punk scene, get a snazzy tattoo, check into rehab or just find the best place to talk with impressive self-importance on your cellphone, this is the book for you.

-- Jessica Gelt

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